Happy National Coffee Break Day!
January 20th is National Coffee Break Day!
It's probably something you look forward to every work day - the coffee break.
But I bet you didn't know there's actually a national holiday dedicated to this little work-day gem!
January 20th is National Coffee Break Day. Why not make an event of it? Jazz things up a bit by having your coffee break catered by a local coffee house, ask everyone to bring in a special treat to share during the coffee break or surprise your employees with a coffee gift basket.
Below you'll find the history of the coffee break and more ways to celebrate!
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What exactly is a Coffee Break?
A coffee break is typically a break from your current tasks - a time to step away, clear your head and re-energize.
Coffee breaks usually last from 10 to 20 minutes and frequently occur at the end of the first third of the work shift.
Some companies schedule a formal coffee break at a set time. They may have a "cart" come in at that set time with hot and cold beverages and pastries or snacks. Other companies may have rooms designated for coffee breaks.
Of course drinking coffee isn't required. The term "coffee break" is used for any general work break.
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History of the Coffee Break
The coffee break allegedly originated in the late 19th century in Stoughton, Wisconsin, with the wives of Norwegian immigrants. In 1951, Time noted that "since the war, the coffee break has been written into union contracts".
The term "coffee break" subsequently became popular through a Pan-American Coffee Bureau ad campaign of 1952 which urged consumers, "Give yourself a Coffee-Break - and Get What Coffee Gives to You."
John B. Watson, a behavioral psychologist who worked with Maxwell House later in his career, helped to popularize coffee breaks within the American culture.
Celebrate with Cake - a Coffee Cake!
Mini Coffee Cakes Recipe
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg. combine flour, pudding mix, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat until blended. Stir in walnuts. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack.
Celebrate with Fun Coffee Favors and Gifts!
Add a little something extra to your coffee break with coffee themed gifts and favors.
A personalized mug is a fun gift for employees and also ensures that your coffee break mugs won't get mixed up!
Coffee Favors are a great way to celebrate National Coffee Day. Choose a fun memento like coffee themed keychains, coffee scoops or even coffee packets with your company logo on them.
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